Peter Lanyon

BACKING WIND NOVEMBER 1961

BACKING WIND NOVEMBER 1961

1961 Peter Lanyon (1918 − 1964)

In 1959 the artist began gliding, and received his licence the following summer. A number of his paintings from then on describe the experience of flight: climbing on thermal air currents high above the Cornish coast and land; and seeing and experiencing land, sea and cloud from differing perspectives. The artist commented that he felt it was actually possible to get into the ‘air itself to get a further sense of depth and space into yourself, as it were, into your own body, and then carry it through into a painting.’

From the text of an illustrated lecture given by the artist for the British Council, 1962.

  • Accession Number P332
  • Dimensions 121.9 X 152.4 CM
  • Media OIL ON CANVAS

Glossary

  • Painting

    Work of art made with paint on a surface. Often the surface, also called a support, is a tightly stretched piece of canvas, paper or a wooden panel. Painting involves a wide range of techniques and materials, along with the artist's intellectual concerns effecting the content of a work.

Work Theme

Past exhibitions

BRITISK MALERI 1945-1970

  • 1972
    • Poland, Poznan, Museum Narodowe
    • Poland, Krakow, Museum Narodowe
    • Poland, Warsaw, Museum Narodwe Warszawie
    • Norway, Bergen, Kunstforeningen
    • Norway, Oslo, Kunstnerforbundet
    • Norway, Trondheim, Kunstforening

BRITISH PAINTINGS 1945-1970

  • 1972
    • Poland, Krakow, Museum Narodowe
    • Poland, Poznan, Museum Narodowe
    • Poland, Warsaw, Museum Narodwe Warszawie
    • Norway, Bergen, Kunstforeningen
    • Norway, Trondheim, Kunstforening
    • Norway, Oslo, Kunstnerforbundet

CONTEMPORARY BRITISH PAINTING

  • 1969
    • South Africa, Port Elizabeth, King George VI Art Gallery
    • South Africa, Durban, Durban Museum And Art Gallery
    • South Africa, Pietermaritzburg, Pietermaritzburg Art Gallery
    • South Africa, Pretoria, Pretoria Art Gallery
    • South Africa, Johannesburg, Johannesburg Art Gallery
    • South Africa, Durban, Durban Museum And Art Gallery
    • South Africa, Kimberley Art Gallery
    • South Africa, Cape Town, South African National Gallery

BRITISH CONTEMPORARY PAINTINGS

  • 1966
    • Gibraltar, Gibraltar, John Mackintosh Hall
    • Egypt, Alexandria, El Nasr Girl's College
    • Egypt, Cairo, Galerie Des Beaux Arts
  • 1965
    • United Arab Emirates, United Arab Emirates
    • Croatia, Zagreb, House Of Artists
    • Yugoslavia, Belgrade, Masarakova Art Pavilion
    • Yugoslavia, Skopje, Skopje City Art Gallery
    • Malta, Valletta, Palazzo De La Salle

SOME ASPECTS OF CONTEMPORARY BRITISH PAINTING

  • 1964
    • Denmark, Humlebaek, Louisiana Museum Of Modern Art
    • Canada, Edmonton Art Gallery
    • Canada, Norman Mackenzie Art Gallery, University of Regina
    • Canada, Winnipeg Art Gallery
    • Canada, National Gallery Of Canada
    • Canada, Montreal Museum Of Fine Arts
    • UK, London, Public Library
  • 1963
    • Canada, Art Gallery Of Ontario
    • Iceland, Reykjavik, National Museum
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